Solidarity with Kings Bay Ploughshares 7

We were delighted to welcome US peace activists Ellen and Teresa Grady to our August peace vigil at Shannon Airport on Sunday August 11th. Their sister Clare is one of seven Catholic Plowshares activists who entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary's, Georgia in April 2018 to expose the illegal and immoral nuclear weapons at the base. The seven non-violently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine base, and could face 25 years in prison for their action.  Some of them have already been jailed for over a year before trial. 

Ellen and Teresa brought messages of support for US Veterans for Peace Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers who are being refused permission to return home while awaiting trial in Ireland. The two Veterans took a peaceful action at Shannon Airport on March 17th last to highlight the complicity of the airport in war.

Ken and Tarak hung large peace banners over a pedestrian bridge over 2 miles away while the Shannon peace vigil was taking place. They have been doing this regularly over the last few months, on different bridges and flyovers around the country.

Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary's, Georgia opened in 1979 as the Navy's Atlantic Ocean Trident port.  It is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world.  There are six ballistic missile subs and two guided missile subs based there.

The seven Catholic plowshares activists entered the base on April 4th, 2018.  They went to make real the prophet Isaiah's command to "beat swords into plowshares".

The seven chose to act on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted his life to addressing what he called the "triple evils of militarism, racism, and materialism."  Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction.  They hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear weapons kill every day, by their mere existence and maintenance.

The seven are: Clare Grady who is part of the Ithaca Catholic Worker community; Elizabeth McAlister of Jonah House, Baltimore; Fr. Steve Kelly SJ, of the Bay Area, California; Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy of the New York Catholic Worker; Mark Colville of the Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, Connecticut; and Patrick O'Neill of the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker, Garner, North Carolina.

The Shannon vigil on August 11th provided an opportunity for Irish peace activists to express their solidarity with the Kings Bay Plowshare activists. Afterwards, the visitors from the US and the peace vigil attendees met up with Ken and Tarak to learn more about the actions taken on both sides of the Atlantic to expose US warmongering.

For more information on the Kings Bay Plowshare Seven, see https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/

 

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